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From the May 1, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 1, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor
Two years after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the plant is facing a new crisis: how to contain very large volumes of highly radioactive wastewater, The New York Times reportedGroundwater migrating from the nearby mountains to the sea becomes contaminated when it reaches the Fukushima site, the newspaper reported. The plant's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., has been using underground pits and above-ground storage tanks to contain the contaminated water, but the pits have developed leaks in recent weeks, and hundreds of new storage tanks are needed, the Times said. Meanwhile, there are fears that the radioactive water might eventually end up in the Pacific Ocean. "The water keeps increasing every minute, no matter whether we eat, sleep or work," said Masayuki Ono, a spokesman for Tepco. "It feels like we are constantly being chased."

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